Torula toxic mold is an allergen that may cause asthma and hay fever type symptoms in genetically sensitive people. It is not considered pathogenic.
- Allergen: coughing and sniffles
- Toxigenic: young, sick, and elderly
- Pathogenic: everyone
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Tolula toxic mold is often found in soil, dead herbaceous stems, wood, grasses, sugar beet root, ground nuts, and oats. It is disseminated as a dry spore by the wind.
For indoor growth, this toxic mold requires cellulose-containing materials such as jute, old sacking, wicker, wood, and paper.
As a toxigenic agent, Torula toxic mold produces torula herbarium, a cytotoxin. Nomenclatural problems: Torula is sometimes confused with the yeast Torulopsis. Torulosis is an old name for cryptococcosis, a disease in humans caused by the yeast Cryptococcus neoformans.
Additional information can be found at EMLab Fungal Library.
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